Professor, Department of English
16 Central Park
Kolkata 700 032
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Ph.D. 1996 Cambridge
M.A. 1992 Jadavpur University
B.A. 1989 Jadavpur University

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Field of Specialization
History of the book; bibliography; the 19th century; crime fiction; science fiction; graphic novels; sports and society
Courses Taught/Teaching
• Literature and Censorship
• Popular and Genre Fiction in the 19th Century
• Edgar Allan Poe: A Poetics of Horror
• Crime Fiction
• English Literature 1830-1900
• English Literature 1900-2000


• Modernism and Poetry
• Nineteenth Century Women Novelists
• Literature of the French Revolution
• Science Fiction
• History of the Book
• The Book in South Asia
• R.L. Stevenson
• Herman Melville
• Modern European Fiction
• English Literature 1900-2000

• Locating literatures
Research Area
1. ‘The History of the Baptist Mission Press, Serampore’, 2010-12, principal investigator; funding bodies: Bibliographical Society of America, Bibliographical Society UK
2. ‘The Comic Book in India: Prehistory and Continuum’, 2010-11, principal investigator, funding body: British Council of East India
3. ‘Science Fiction and Fandom’, Jan-June 2009, principal investigator, Nehru-Fulbright Foundation, USA
4. ‘Short-Title Catalogue of Books Printed in the Bengali Language 1868-1947’, principal investigator, funding bodies: University Grants Commission, India; Charles Wallace India Trust
5. ‘Short-Title Catalogue of Books Printed in the Bengali Language 1801-1867, principal investigator, funding bodies: University Grants Commission, India; Bibliographical Society UK
2005-present: Associate Professor of English, JU
1999-2005:Lecturer and Sr. Lecturer in English,JU
1997-98: Assistant Editor, The Telegraph
1992-93: Sub-editor, The Statesman
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Books Published (5)
Book Title Publisher Name Year Role

New Word Order: Transnational Themes in Book History Worldview 2011 Second Author
Mad and Madder: Tall Tales of a Fantastic Family (trans. of Manojder odbhut bari) Scholastic 2011
Funny and Funnier (trans. of short stories by Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay) Scholastic 2010
Moveable Type: Book History in India 2 Permanent Black 2008 First Author
Print Areas: Book History in India Permanent Black 2004 First Author
Ph.D. Thesis Guidance (2)
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Sandip Ain The Poetics of Silence in Amitav Ghosh Complete 2011
Bhaskar Chowdhury Adhunik bangla sahitya o bikolpo jounota
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